Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Berkley Publishing Group
June 3rd, 2014
A moving and eloquent novel about love, grief, renewal — and the powerful language of flowers.
Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion. Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral designs mark the moments and milestones in the lives of her neighbors. It’s as though she knows just what they want to say, just what they need.
Yet Ruby’s own heart’s desires have gone ignored since the death of her beloved sister. It will take an invitation from a man who’s flown to the moon, the arrival of a unique little boy, and concern from a charming veterinarian to reawaken her wounded spirit. Any life can be derailed, but the healing power of community can put it right again.
To be honest, I was a little cautious going into this book because I was under the assumption that The Art of Arranging Flowers would just be about Ruby arranging various flowers. Granted, I do love flowers and I think that there is truly an art to arranging a beautiful bouquet… I just could not imagine that alone holding my attention very well. However, I am happy to admit that I learned a few new things about flowers! The characters in this book are what makes it such a great book. I loved seeing bits and pieces in each of the main characters lives and learning how they became so close with one another. I found myself smiling, laughing, and crying while reading. It truly is a beautiful book. I would have liked to see just a little bit more romance in it, however I am not horribly upset that I did not. I would love to read another book by Lynne Branard — she is a wonderful writer and story teller.